North Dakota State Fair provides a showcase of North Dakota

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Whether you’re interested in our state’s foundation in agriculture or today’s latest innovations, the 2016 North Dakota State Fair promises something for everyone.

North Dakota Tourism Director Sara Otte Coleman said the State Fair is a premier event. “Visitors look forward to the concerts, exhibits and fair food every year.” Recently deemed the “Best State Fair” in the nation by Smart Asset, the North Dakota State Fair has two weeks of top-notch entertainment featuring Kenny Chesney, KISS, Jake Owen, Fall Out Boy, Billy Currington and LoCash.

“We’re excited to once again showcase the best in statewide agriculture and 4-H and FFA," State Fair Manager Renae Korslien said. “The caliber of what is on display is second to none. Agriculture, 4-H, FFA and kids are at the heart of the North Dakota State Fair. They always have been and always will be. The best of the best will be here at the State Fair.”

New at the Fair in 2016:

  • Fairgoers looking for the latest trends in home design will get an up-close look at a 140 square-foot. “tiny house” created by a North Dakota builder and recently featured on HGTV. 
  • New food vendors will offer even more culinary delights to include chocolate-dipped peanut butter pie on a stick, maple bacon funnel cake and Tai food.
  • Beloved cartoon characters Garfield and Caillou are exciting additions to the kid-friendly entertainment and will perform on the free stages.
  • The widely popular Budweiser Clydesdales are scheduled to kick off opening weekend, signaling the first year of Anheuser-Busch’s NDSF sponsorship.  

For more information about the 2016 North Dakota State fair, go to Use the convenient “My Fair” tool to get the most out of your Fair visit.